Frkwys, Vol. 9: Icon Give Thank Image
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  • Summary: Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras who traveled to Jamaica to work with The Congos on the ninth entry in RVNG Intl.’s FRKWYS series.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. May 4, 2012
    81
    What makes this, if not the most fully realized, then the most rewarding entry in RVNG's already ambitious FRKWYS series is that it doesn't sound like noise dudes just trying to make the simulacra of a dub reggae album.
  2. May 4, 2012
    80
    As it stands, the album (along with the essential corresponding film, Icon Eye) stands as a rather moving document of the profundity of the cross-cultural and cross-generational conversation that goes on throughout all popular culture, and given the niche audiences for both Sun Araw and The Congos, this project offers a view on a very rarely explored conversation at that.
  3. May 4, 2012
    80
    The residency produces inspired results. [Apr 2012, p.87]
  4. May 4, 2012
    80
    What they [Sun Araw & M Geddes Gengras with the Congos] produced is startling and unique. [May 2012, p.89]
  5. May 4, 2012
    70
    Like most things that result from improvisation, it doesn't always sound as new as it thinks it does, but the reggae stalwarts' freshness is timeless.
  6. 60
    The first half of their joint endeavour is hugely stoned, with the more strident sounds of the Americans cutting across the chants and rhythms of their hosts. Vocals become more prominent on the second half.
  7. May 4, 2012
    58
    Ultimately, Icon Give Thank sounds more like a Sun Araw album with a few guest vocalist features rather than a mutually beneficial musical conversation.